KOICA Distributes US$150,000 worth of Daily Necessities for Food Security and Covid-19 Response for Vulnerable People in Cambodia

AKP Phnom Penh, August 29, 2020 —

KOICA, Korea’s leading development cooperation agency, supported emergency kits for food security and Covid-19 response to vulnerable people in Cambodia who are struggling with the current economic issue.

According to a KOICA’s press release issued last evening, from Aug. 11 to 28, KOICA formed a selected local produced food kit led by the Cambodian office for food security and livelihood support for the Cambodian people and distributed 2,000 households including migrants, disadvantaged people at waste disposal sites, and ID poor people in 6 target areas including Phnom Penh, Kampong Speu, Kratie, Oddar Meanchey, Battambang, and Siem Reap.

The kits distribution is under a collaboration between local governments and Korean NGOs in the target areas such as (Green Bethel Community, Banteay Prieb Training Centre for the Disabled, African Asia Refugee Education Support Association, Children’s Foundation, World Share, World Human Bridge, and WITH).

“We have tried to use the majority of local products produced by social enterprises who work with vulnerable groups so that we could support the local economy and more vulnerable people,” H.E. Park Heung-Kyeong, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Cambodia said.

The kits included a total of 12 kinds of food and health products, including 25 kilogrammes of rice, 1 kilogramme of dried fish, 1 box of canned fish and instant noodle, palm sugar and condiments, facemasks and Covid-19 prevention education books, and these are all local products, excepted for cooking oils. Five tons of rice was purchased through local farmers’ cooperatives, Palm sugar is from HESED (Inclusive Business Solution) Programme (IBS), a public-private partnership programme in KOICA, was carried out, allowing profits to be distributed to local poor farmers as well. In addition, facemasks are produced by GOEL, a social enterprise that supports women, and Banteay Prieb Training Centre, a vocational training school for the disabled, all of the benefit goes to women and the disabled.

This support is a part of the US$1million Covid-19 response project organised by the KOICA Cambodia Office, which will be followed by positive pressurised walk-through booth for quick and safe COVID-19 testing in Cambodia.

(Photo: KOICA)

By C. Nika